Bong Revilla asks for furlough to visit sick father

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 15 2016 02:49 PM

Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. File Photo

Instead of a holiday spent with his family, former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla asked the Sandiganbayan for furlough to visit his sick father.

On November 7, Revilla originally requested to spend Christmas day with his family on December 24 and 25.

But he eventually withdrew his request.

Instead, Revilla pleaded for a six-hour visit to his father, former senator Ramon Revilla Sr., who has been confined at St. Luke's Medical Center. Revilla asked for furlough either today or tomorrow, December 16 between 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"Senator Revilla (Jr.) feels it is his obligation to come to the aid of his father, who is very close to him, even by his mere presence, and cannot disregard a son's natural urge and desire to visit and be with his ailing and weak father, and spend a few moments together, to provide former Senator Revilla, Sr. the needed assurance and support," his motion read.

Revilla has been detained at the PNP Detention Center since 2014 for plunder over his alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

He was accused of pocketing P224 million in public funds after diverting his PDAF to spurious non-government organization which failed to deliver the intended assistance to beneficiaries.